Anti-drugs campaigners call for One Direction members to apologise after drugs scandal
Two of the One Direction heartthrobs were recently shown in a video smoking marijuana while on tour in Peru and an anti-drugs campaigner group has now called for the lads to make a formal apology.
The video in question, which hit the web yesterday, appeared to show members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik puffing on a joint in the back of a minibus and a spokesperson from Skunk Sense, named Lucy Dawe, has told Britain's Daily Star newspaper that they need to say sorry and take responsibility for their 'irresponsible' behaviour:
"This is utterly irresponsible when One Direction have an extremely young following and we know cannabis damages young brains. The huge worry is that they're in a position to be role models and they're actually being extremely poor role models and pulling young people into drug use..."
"It's completely indefensible. These boys have the money behind them that they can get help if they become ill from using cannabis. But we don't have any teenage rehab facilities in the UK."
It was also reported yesterday (May 29) that ticketing website Viagogo had seen a 79% surge of resale in tickets for the lads' upcoming UK concerts. A spokesperson from the site explained: "The boys are considered role models, but the question is whether this latest controversy will affect the boyband’s squeaky clean image, as fans – and their parents alike – turn to reselling their tickets."
Watch the video in question here:
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